Not Just For Cars Anymore: How Changing Lifestyles Are Transforming The Function And Style Of Home Garages

Maybe it’s not your imagination. That almost imperceptible sigh you hear from somewhere in your house just might be coming from…the garage.

If there’s one part of the house that feels more neglect than the rest, it’s often the garage. Is it a detached garage? Even worse: you may not think it’s even a part of your house at all.

Overlooked Upgrade Opportunities

The garage is the perfect place to start if you’ve been trying to figure out how to claim more living space in your home. If you’re like most of us, the garage has become nothing more than a convenient place to store things – and it’s pushed our vehicles out of their rightful space. The U.S Department of energy recently reported that over 25% of those with 2-car garages are unable to park even a single vehicle in them because the space is used instead for storage.

It’s time to reclaim that space, but it doesn’t mean you have to part with anything. All that’s necessary is an upgrade. This is especially easy to do if you have a detached garage. You’ll find that a reasonable investment allows you to expand your garage, adding customized storage – and it’s even possible to build extra living space above it.

What’s New In Garage Design Trends

Much of the new construction you’ll find today has pushed the traditional 2-car garage aside in favor of 3-bay garages. You can use it as an excuse to buy a third car, but the reasoning behind this is that the extra bay is ample room for your snow blower or riding lawnmower. Bicycles hanging from rafter hooks sounds like a wise use of space – until the first time your head tangles with the handlebars after you’ve forgotten it’s up there above you. Now there’ll be plenty of room for everything to stay on the floor.

While there are plenty of interior reasons to go for a bigger garage, it’s also a smart way to enhance the overall look of your property.

  • There is no unspoken rule that garage doors have to be white, or that they must be segmented metal contraptions that roll up and down. Manufacturers are getting into the trend by offering a new variety of colors and styles that bring architectural excitement to this part of your home.
  • There are plenty of garage doors with windows, but why are there few garage walls with them? It’s easy to add a few of them to an existing garage – or include them in the construction plans of a new one. More light means more reasons to utilize the space for crafts or a work area. From an exterior standpoint, windows are one of the easiest ways to add architectural charm and value.

It’s time to say goodbye to the part of your house that looks like a boring box with a roll-up white aluminum door. You’ll see a return on the investment in the form of more storage space, as well as an enhancement in your home’s appearance. That enhancement, by the way, includes not seeing your cars loitering out in the driveway.

Talk to us about garages. We’re one of the few builders that don’t look at them as an afterthought. We’ll make sure it’s as functional on the inside – and as beautiful on the outside – as the rest of your home.